Liverpool have €30m Euro U21 Player of the Tournament on wanted list
Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira is on the wanted list of Liverpool, according to a Lisbon-based journalist.
Bruno Andrade, who works for TVI and UOLEsporte, has revealed that the Premier League side have an interest in Vieira. Andrade reports that Vieira is on the “Liverpool reference list” as they hunt for a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum announced last month he was leaving Anfield on free transfer. The Dutch star said on Wednesday that “things are happening behind the scenes” at the club and promised to reveal all after Euro 2020.
Whether or not Vieira could step into the shoes of such an experienced campaigner as Wijnaldum is open to debate. But the player has come on to the radar of several teams across Europe after starring for Portugal at the Euro Under-21s tournament.
Vieira’s Portugal were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final, but the 21-year-old won the Player of the Tournament award.
The youngster though is not a guaranteed starter with Porto and his contract is up in 2022.
He made three starts in 19 appearances for Porto this season, but he is understood to be in talks about extending his contract.
Porto are keen to keep the player. It’s unknown whether Liverpool will explore the possibility of luring Vieira to England.
Importante: jogador está disponível e tem interesse em discutir a renovação de contrato com o FC Porto
— Bruno Andrade (@brunoandrd) June 8, 2021
Vieira, who only made his first-team debut this season, is also believed to be on the radar of Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta is looking to revamp his midfield and in December, according to Record (via Sport Witness), Porto’s Vieira was on the shortlist.
Vieira is represented by one of the most powerful agents in the world, Pini Zahavi. He is understood to have a €30m release clause in his current contract and has been linked with Marseille.
Old Liverpool target ‘keen’ on Arsenal
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been informed that Nabil Fekir is ‘keen on a move to the club’ this summer and could leave Real Betis for as little as £26m.
France playmaker Fekir is a name very much familiar with supporters in England. He came close to signing for Liverpool in summer 2018 before a failed medical scuppered the deal. It was an embarrassing saga given leaked photos showed Fekir posing with a Liverpool shirt.
Since missing out on his signature, he has moved to Betis and become a major star in LaLiga. Indeed, this season, Fekir scored five goals and assisted five more in 33 appearances.
Sadly for the 27-year-old, that wasn’t enough to earn a place in a very strong looking France squad for the European Championships.
However, he could elevate his status by securing a move to the Premier League. As such, it was claimed back in March that Arsenal were considering a swoop for Fekir this summer.
Now those hopes have been given a timely lift. That’s after Goal’s Charlie Watts claimed Fekir is well aware of their interest and would jump at the chance to join Arsenal.
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